Brian K: I think that you are
one of the best songwriters around. Do you write
from a more personal or universal perspective -
or a combination of the two?
-- Definitely universal. I take people's stories
and try to create songs around them.
Brian K: You've
worked with some great producers - Jerry
Harrison, Adam Schlesinger.... Do you have any
favorite studio stories?
Brian V: --
Only those times that we caught Jerry Harrison
sleeping while we were recording. The first time
we played 'The Freshmen' for
him, he fell asleep!
This is probably an oft-asked question, but I
gotta do it!!! I know that the song originated
long before Verve Pipe, but was there a specific
incident or inspiration for 'The
Freshman'? It is one of the greatest
rock ballads of the 90s. Classic!
-- There's an archive of the meaning of the
freshmen www.atthevervepipe.com bulletin board. It has
all of the answers.
Brian K: Do you have a favorite Verve Pipe (full length)
recording? (I think my favorite is
"Underneath" - Love it!!!)
Brian V: -- "Underneath" is my favorite as well.
It was the best recording experience (due to Adam
Schlesinger) and the record sounds great. It's
some of our best work.
How did your involvement in 'Rock Star'
come about? Was acting something that you had
been interested in for a while or did you just
fall into it?
Brian V --
I was asked to write the song for the movie, so
they sent me a script and I went to work. I had
done a little acting, so I asked to audition as
well. I got the part, and they used the song.
How did you get involved with 'Dead and
Brian V: -- The director is a fan of mine, and asked me to
do it...for free! I'm getting repaid by doing his
newest one though, called "Unearthed".
Do you have any interesting stories from the
filming of that bar sequence? What a hoot! Plus -
how cool is Gina Phillips? I've thought that she
is one of the best actresses around ever since
her kick-ass performance in 'Jeepers
-- I liked Gina. People thought that she was a
little spoiled, but she was seeing my friend
Devon (Gummersol) at the time, and she was just a
sweetheart to me. Plus she's great at what she
Finally- Are there any tours, upcoming c.d.
releases.... that we should be aware of?
-- I have an album in the works that will be out
early next year...check out www.bvamusic.com ! Later!